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Virginia's Malcolm Brogdon (15) works against the defense of Louisville's Trey Lewis (3) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
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Brogdon scores 27 and No. 9 Virginia rolls BC, 61-47

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Malcolm Brogdon thinks Virginia turned the corner with an impressive victory at No. 19 Louisville in its last game.

When the ninth-ranked Cavaliers struggled to get going offensively on Wednesday night against Boston College, Brogdon took it upon himself to make sure the good vibe kept flowing. The fifth-year senior scored 17 of his 27 points in the first half and the Cavaliers opened a lead as high as 25 points after halftime in a 61-47 victory, their fourth straight and 16th in a row at John Paul Jones Arena.

“I think we did turn a corner, but I think it’s important for us to keep our foot on the gas and keep pushing forward,” Brogdon said. “I just took my open shots. I tried not to force. I tried to play within the offense, but I took my open shots and took advantage of opportunities.”

Anthony Gill added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Cavaliers (18-4, 7-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who also won for the 31st time in their last 32 home games against ACC competition.

Brogdon’s offensive numbers drew the most praise, but Cavaliers coach Tony Bennett was equally appreciative of the defensive job he did on Eagles scoring leader Eli Carter, who came in averaging 17.3 points but missed eight of his 10 shots and finished with just seven points.

“He’s showing his completeness on both ends of the floor and leading well and of course we’ll need that,” Bennett said of Brogdon.

Sammy Barnes-Thompkins made four 3-pointers in the first half and finished with 14 points to lead the Eagles (7-15, 0-9).

Trailing 29-20 at halftime, B.C. scored on its first three possessions of the second half but trimmed only one point off the deficit as Gill hit two free throws and Brogdon made his fourth 3-pointer.

After two free throws by Garland Owens of the Eagles, Gill made three free throws, Devon Hall hit a 3-pointer and London Perrantes hit a baseline jumper, an 8-0 run that pushed the Virginia lead to 46-28 with 12 minutes left. The Cavaliers built their margin as high as 25 points before the Eagles cut into it late against reserves, scoring 11 consecutive points to make the final score look closer than the game ever felt.

Brogdon finished 7 of 10 from the field and 5 for 5 from behind the arc. The rest of the Cavaliers were just 10 for 32, but their resurgent defense limited the Eagles to 13 field goals in 49 tries, just 26.5 percent.

“They do what they do extremely well,” Eagles coach Jim Christian said, adding that he felt his team missed quality shots, but that Virginia’s defensive attention also was a big factor, as was Brogdon’s performance.

“He’s just a really smart basketball player,” Christian said.

Bennett removed his primary starters with about 5 minutes remaining.

Brogdon scored nine points and Gill had four as the Cavaliers closed the first half on a 13-5 run, turning a 16-15 lead into a 29-20 advantage.

IMBALANCE

Bennett was pleased with Virginia’s offensive balance in the victory at Louisville, but it was missing against the Eagles. Other than Brogdon and Gill, who got eight of his 10 points at the free throw line, no Cavalier scored more than five points.

TIP-INS

Boston College: The Eagles had been outscored 120-59 at the free throw line in losing their first eight conference games. They were outscored 11-1 from the line in the first half, and 11-0 off turnovers. B.C.’s free throw deficit was just 18-13 by the final buzzer.

Virginia: With his first basket, a 3-pointer, Brogdon became the 18th 1,500-point scorer in Cavaliers history. He finished the game with 1,525. Next up on the career list are Mike Scott of the Atlanta Hawks, who scored 1,538, and Richard Morgan, who scored 1,540. … Evan Nolte made his first 3-pointer since the second game of the season, drawing a huge roar from the crowd.

UP NEXT

Boston College plays at No. 19 Louisville on Saturday.

Virginia plays at Pittsburgh on Saturday.

 

Uthoff leads No. 5 Iowa over Penn State 73-49

Iowa forward Jarrod Uthoff (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa’s scorers often get the attention, but it’s the fifth-ranked Hawkeyes’ aggressive and trapping defense that is making the difference this season.

And Iowa is converting turnovers and missed shots – and sometimes even made baskets – into quick and easy points on the other end.

Jarrod Uthoff scored 14 points and Adam Woodbury had a career-high 15 rebounds to help Iowa roll past Penn State 73-49 on Wednesday night.

The Hawkeyes forced only 10 turnovers, but held Penn State to 30 percent shooting. The 49 points are a season-low for an Iowa opponent this season.

“Right from the outset, our defense set the tone,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “We got stops, we got run-outs. . I thought we really were locked into throwing it ahead and attacking in transition.”

Peter Jok scored 12 points and Anthony Clemmons had 12 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Hawkeyes (18-4, 9-1 Big Ten), who won their 15th straight home game.

Brandon Taylor had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Penn State (11-12, 2-8). Taylor shot 6 of 18 from the field.

The Nittany Lions never settled down in their first visit to Iowa City in three years.

Penn State opened the game shooting 3 of 16 from the field. The Nittany Lions – one of the worst 3-point shooting teams in the Big Ten – made only one 3 in 20 attempts.

“We got into their space and made everything difficult for them,” said Uthoff, who blocked four shots.

Iowa won to stay even with Indiana on top of the Big Ten standings. The Hawkeyes and Hoosiers will meet twice in the last four weeks of the season, starting Feb. 11 in Bloomington.

Iowa has won by double figures in eight of their nine conference wins.

The Hawkeyes opened the game on a 14-4 run. Later, Uthoff hit a 3-pointer with 5 1/2 minutes left in the first half to put Iowa up by 12 points. Penn State didn’t get any closer.

Dom Uhl finished the first half with a two-handed putback dunk off his own missed floater to give the Hawkeyes a 45-26 lead.

Iowa built a 20-point lead early in the second half and never gave it up.

The Hawkeyes had 13 fastbreak points and didn’t allow any. Iowa’s bench outscored Penn State’s 28-14.

Penn State has lost four straight and six of seven.

Shep Garner and Julian Moore scored eight points each for the Nittany Lions.

COURTSIDE

The Hawkeye football team was recognized at halftime to celebrate the program’s undefeated regular season and first Rose Bowl appearance in 25 years. They received a loud standing ovation.

About 40 members of the Big Ten West championship team – including quarterback C.J. Beathard and cornerback Desmond King – came out to midcourt with Iowa’s rivalry trophies. A dozen stayed after the presentation for a performance with the Iowa dance team.

King, the Jim Thorpe Award winner who announced last month he will return for his senior season, stood out from the group with white cowboy boots and a dark cowboy hat.

TIP-INS

Penn State: Two of the Nittany Lions’ next three games are against ranked opponents – including another game vs. Iowa in two weeks. … Penn State’s Payton Banks (plus-9.0) and Iowa’s Jok (plus-8.3) rank atop the Big Ten in points per game improvement from last season.

Iowa: Woodbury’s 13 defensive rebounds were the most by a Hawkeye since 2006. … McCaffery coached his 100th Big Ten regular season game Wednesday.

UP NEXT

Penn State hosts No. 22 Indiana on Saturday.

Iowa plays at Illinois on Sunday.

Coach K back at work one day after missing Duke-Ga. Tech game

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2016, file photo, Duke head men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, second from right,  reacts to a play during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Notre Dame at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. Krzyzewski’s Blue Devils have lost three straight games entering Saturday’s game at North Carolina State followed by Monday’s game at No. 15 Miami. (AP Photo/Ben McKeown, File)
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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski was back at work one day after missing his first game in more than 20 years.

School spokesman Jon Jackson said Wednesday night that the Hall of Fame coach worked earlier that day, is feeling better and expects to resume his normal schedule Thursday.

Krzyzewski wasn’t with the Blue Devils for their 80-71 victory at Georgia Tech on Tuesday night, staying in Durham on the advice of Duke University Hospital doctors who checked him out after he felt ill following the team meal Monday night.

Krzyzewski – the winningest men’s coach in Division I history – turns 69 on Feb. 13. It marked the first Duke game he had missed since he was out for the final 19 games in 1994-95 due to back surgery and exhaustion.